Keep your appliances on, your home warm, the game on TV, your sump pump running, and the lights shining during your next power interruption. Sioux Valley Energy is now offering services of installing interlock kits and Kohler standby generators to give you peace of mind for Mother Nature’s temperament.
- Interlock Kit: One of the simplest and least expensive methods of readying your home for the connections of a portable generator is to install an interlock kit in the main electrical panel and a permanently installed generator inlet on the outside of your home. By feeding your entire electrical panel with the generator you will not have to run any extension cords from the generator throughout the house. Most interlock kits can be installed for less than $500.
- Sioux Valley Energy recommends that members install an interlock kit and generator inlet if they want to connect their portable generator to the home electrical system. Sioux Valley Energy offers the service of interlock kit installation for your home or you may work with your local electrician to have this work done. A typical interlock installation will look like this picture.
- There are other products available such as transfer switch/interlocks that are designed to be installed in the utility meter socket, however this type of equipment is NOT allowed in an SVE meter socket. An example of this type of equipment can be found here:
- Kohler Standby Generator: A permanently installed standby generator keeps your power on during an outage. It’s installed outside (like an AC unit) and comes on automatically—whether you are home or away—all within seconds of a power outage. There’s a higher investment to install a standby generator, but it takes all the work and worry out of dealing with a power interruption. The Kohler standby units come in a range of sizes from 8 KW to 20 KW. Loans are available up to $10,000, 5% interest with a 7-year term for the purchase and installation of standby generator equipment by the cooperative.
Contact Reggie Gassman, Manager of Customer Electrical Services, at 800-234-1960 for a quote and more information on generator options.
Portable Generator Safety
- Operate the generator in a clean, dry, well ventilated area. Operate in an open area—never in an enclosed, confined structure such as a garage or basement. Breathing in the carbon monoxide exhaust fumes can cause serious injury or death and improper ventilation can lead to ignition of materials. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
- Don’t overload the generator—know the rated capacity. Don’t tamper with factory engine speed settings. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation.
- Turn off all equipment powered by a generator before shutting it down. Never fuel a generator while it is operating.
- If your home has not been wired by a licensed electrician to have an interlock kit, don’t try to connect a generator directly to your home’s electrical system. In these applications, use heavy-duty, outdoor-rated three-pronged grounded extension cords and plug appliances directly into generators. Contact SVE if you would like us to install an interlock kit.
To learn more about Kohler generators, click HERE.